Among the interesting picks on Day 2 of the draft was the Brewers selecting the son of agent Scott Boras, high school third baseman Trent Boras, in the 30th round.
In addition to having the sport’s most famous agent as his father Boras is also said to be leaning toward bypassing pro ball to attend USC, so he’ll probably be the most expensive 30th-round pick in baseball history if the Brewers do end up signing him.
Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid described Boras as “a good player” and “a left-handed hitter who makes contact, he’s pretty good with the glove at third base.”
Surely his father is preparing one of his famous iPad presentations describing how a high school third baseman who combines Mike Schmidt’s power and Wade Boggs’ hitting with Brooks Robinson’s glove lasted all the way to the 30th round. I predict a seven-year, $144 million deal, followed by pitch-by-pitch coverage of his entire career in Jon Heyman’s column.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.